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Terry Davis and TempleOS

Terry Davis and TempleOS

Terry Davis is a programmer that has had a very difficult life. After a series of manic episodes, at 44 Terry is now homeless and most believe he has schizophrenia or suffering some other seriously debilitating mental disorder. He was most recently spotted on the streets here in Portland.

What’s unusual about Terry is that he wrote his own operating system: TempleOS. It’s free to download, and is written in HolyC. He even has his own youtube channel. There is even video of him debugging it while living homeless in his car in the middle of parking lots.

His life currently demonstrates the terrible state of mental health care in the United States, and the difficult reality of many homeless. They are often very intelligent, but have disorders that make them non-functional in society.

Read more about TempleOS and Terry on wikipedia.

Warning: his more recent videos have racist and inappropriate sexual language.

 

Dear God Yes. Cellphone sanity?

Dear God Yes. Cellphone sanity?

I’ve always been one that believes when you’re together, be together. Put your !@#$ cell phones away when having dinner together or enjoying a show. I personally believe the Phone Stacking Game should be mandatory. Now Yondr has come out with something almost better. Something I hope catches on.

You are handed one of their little Yondr pouches – slightly larger than a cell phone. You put your cell phone into the pouch and the case locks shut with a little pin/tag similar to those use in department stores on clothes. You can only unlock the pouch and get your phone back out at unlocking stations located at the exit.

This allows you to go to venues where you don’t want cell phones to be distracting the experience yet let each person retain ownership and control of their phone. Even better, if you might get an emergency call, you can hear the ring tone/feel the vibration and immediately exit to see it.

I can see parents using this with children, at movie theaters, or even churches.

Cuphead Animation Reel

Cuphead Animation Reel

Cuphead was one of the most beautiful and innovative games in the last year. Not only did it have great (and notoriously difficult) gameplay, but the graphical style is a magical throwback to the golden era of animation.

The creators of Cuphead put together an animation reel that gives you some insights on how this wonderful game was put together using classic animation techniques. Give it a watch.

Projection Mapped Data Sculptures

Projection Mapped Data Sculptures

Media artist Refik Anadol’s work Melting Memories combines data and light projections  to visibly demonstrate how the brain recalls memories. The installation was created with a custom 16 x 20 foot LED media wall and CNC milled rigid foam, and was shown earlier in 2018 at Pilevneli Galleryin Istanbul.

She’s also done a lot of other interesting stuff. Check out her website.

 

Vector graphics are back!

Vector graphics are back!

Remember the arcade game Asteroids or the vector-based Star Wars arcade game? How about the vector-graphics based Vectrix game console?

Say hello to LaserOS. It that allows you build really cool, high quality vector graphics dreams – on real laser projectors. You can build visual laser shows, visualizations, control and create musical compositions, and play some great old games.

Here’s a developer that re-created Asteroids with a high-quality laser system (bonus points for talking about the difficulty of the traveling salesman problem):

Here’s one reviewer giving LaserOS a go on his laser projector:

What all the markings on ocean-faring ships mean

What all the markings on ocean-faring ships mean

Tugboat crews easily read a vessel’s size, shape, function, and features, while deciphering at a glance the mysterious numbers, letters, and symbols on a ship’s hull. To non-mariners, the markings look like hieroglyphs.

Hakai magazine on coastal science published a really cool article that helps you decode all the interesting markings, paint schemes, and functions of the interesting and strange things you see on big ocean-going vessles. I had no idea there was so much interesting information – and that paint schemes are far, FAR more complicated than marking water lines. Give it a read.

plimsoll lines on the side of a ship

How much info does Facebook have on you? It’s creepier than you know.

How much info does Facebook have on you? It’s creepier than you know.

Thrillist did a great article on all the ways your information, every detail about every place you’ve been and what events you’ve gone too, every photo you’ve liked or commented on, and all your personal information – even if it’s been listed as ‘private’.

My favorite is stalkscan. Pretty terrifying fun.

Give it a read and realize Google, Apple, and all your other favorite companies and online sites collect all this information and more – using it for marketing, selling it to other companies, and eventually all of it gets leaked when the inevitable hack or employee steals it.

Hebocon

Hebocon

Hebocon is a robot contest for people with no skill. It’s a 32 player contest in which people are penalized for trying too hard or using proper technology. One of the previous year’s winners actually apologized for winning because the thought maybe he tried ‘too hard to win’.

Check out these amazingly horrible, but hilarious robots: